The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in June has been moved from Lord's to Southampton because of the pandemic, Indian cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly said.
"We have selected a squad after analysing the performance in New Zealand and areas of improvement are identified." Fast bowler Hasan Ali has regained fitness from his back problem and returns two years after last playing a test match against South Africa in 2019.
Mayers' innings is the highest individual collection for West Indies in the fourth innings of a Test since Brian Lara stunned Australia with 153 runs in Bridgetown in 1999. "It's a great feeling to be playing Test cricket, and then going on to score 100, 200 and then to win the match," Mayers said.
Spinner Axar Patel took 11 wickets over two innings as India outplayed their rivals in all departments in the day-night game to take a 2-1 lead in the four match series.
England riding on Broad’s heroics did well to regain the Wisden Trophy they lost in the Caribbean last year. But probably it also learnt a dear lesson —suffering the ignominy of a four-wicket loss in the first Test for having left the star performer from the line-up (“Stuart Broad takes 500 Test wickets as England seal West Indies series win,” July 29, Gulf Today).
Azhar, who was nearly out for seven, fell for 20 when he edged paceman James Anderson and second slip Rory Burns, who had already dropped a catch, held onto a low chance.
It was also Smith’s first century in Australia since December 2017 in a drawn Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
New Zealand skittled out West Indies on day four for 247 after they followed on after being dismissed for a paltry 138 in their first innings in reply to a mammoth 519 for seven of the opponents.
A resolute Kane Williamson, despite being troubled with cramp late in the day, scored a gritty 97 to steer New Zealand to 243 for two on day one of the first Test in Hamilton on Thursday.
It was a remarkable comeback by an inexperienced South African team, who were outplayed in the first Test in Centurion but came back strongly to win the next two matches despite losing the toss and having to bat last in all three matches.